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New Day Care Center for Low-Income Families Unveiled in National City

Children of low-income families may learn and explore at the new outdoor learning environment

A newly renovated day care was unveiled at a ribbon cutting event Thursday at the Parks Child Development Center in National City.

City officials, community partners, early educators and project donors gathered to see the park. Teachers and the day care staff were all smiles as they cut the ribbon to provide a play space for children and families, who wouldn't have access otherwise.

"It’s exciting! Just to see the children, the teachers, the families excited," said teacher Maraia Fifuentes, while beaming. "I’m very happy for all the children and families that were served, that they get to explore and learn through all these things."

Child Development Associates provided the children with an opportunity to learn in a natural environment. More than 100 low-income children, ages 3 and 4 years old, will be able to enjoy the new day care with just two classrooms.

At the center, children will get ready for kindergarten by painting, playing, feeding and watching birds, conducting science experiments and even planting their own seeds in the garden.

“It is very exciting to get to serve these families because it is hard to find a place that is quality where you don’t have to pay or have the option to pay low-income fees. We can tell the parents are grateful to have a place like CDA,” added Fifuentes.

The center is located at 2200 E Avenue in National City. There is already a long wait list for children who would like to enroll at the day care.

Staff said parents can set up an appointment to check their eligibility for the day care center.

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